Ten-year-old Zahra Baker may have been raped before she was murdered, and her dismembered body then concealed in a bed comforter and car cover, and discarded in a Dumpster behind a grocery store, according to court documents released this afternoon.
The documents don’t reveal how the girl died, but they suggest that acquaintances of Zahra’s stepmother may have played a role in the girl’s death. The records detail for the first time Elisa Baker’s account of what was done with Zahra’s body, and offer a glimpse of evidence police have uncovered.
In a statement to police, a source relays information that two men may have raped Zahra. When asked if they killed her, the source said “they might have hit her in the head.”
The documents do not explain that, if someone else killed the girl, why the Bakers would conceal her death.